Review: Mad About You: License to Thrill and You Only Love Twice by Lori Wilde
I received this book for free from the mentioned source in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.
Mad About You by Lori Wilde
Published by: Forever Romance on 3/25/2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women, Romance
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
Two Lori Wilde romances together for the first time in print!
LICENSE TO THRILL Las Vegas private eye Charlee Champagne is absolutely fearless. But when handsome Mason Gentry strides into her office, demanding to know where his grandfather is, she can't control the goosebumps. It's not like Mason to be in Sin City while the biggest deal of his banking career wraps up without him, but one moment with Charlee brings out his wild side. Before he knows it, Mason is on a mission, driving pedal to the metal across the desert with the toughest, sexiest woman he has ever met . . .
YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE Comic book creator Marlie Montague's life isn't as exciting as her heroine's . . . until someone points the business end of a pistol right at her. Now she needs help from a real-life action hero: her rock-hard Navy secret-agent neighbor, Joel Hunter. Soon he and the beautiful Marlie are blowing the doors off a full-blown conspiracy with more double agents than a Bond flick. But the real mystery is: How does Marlie manage to leave Joel both shaken and stirred?
Mad About You is a two for one deal by Lori Wilde, a book containing the novels License to Thrill and You Only Love Twice. This was my first introduction to Lori Wilde and I must say, I loved both novels, and thought they paired really well together.
License to Thrill follows Charlee Champagne, a private investigator, and Mason Gentry, a man who is in search of his missing grandfather. Nolan Gentry disappeared from home with half a million dollars he embezzled from the family company, and it has landed upon Mason to track him down. Meanwhile, Charlee’s grandmother, Maybelline has also come up missing. Now, Charlee gets to join Mason on his mission to bring the two grandparents home safely.
The chemistry between Charlee and Nolan is great. They’re complete opposites and we all know that opposites attract, especially when it comes to romance novels. Charlee’s mother passed away when Charlee was young, and she has always had to work hard at life. Nolan, on the other hand, comes from a rich well to do family and is used to using his money to get whatever he wants. It’s fun to watch the two change each other for the better as the novel goes on.
You Only Love Twice focuses on Marlie Montague, a young woman in her twenties who makes her living by writing comic books following her heroine, Angelina Avenger. The catch is that Marlie’s comics contain a lot of government conspiracy theories and now the government is having her watched. Enter Joel Jerome, ex-Navy SEAL, current NCIS officer. Marlie’s new next door neighbor is more than meets the eye, in more ways than one.
I really enjoyed Marlie. She’s suspicious of everyone, because her dad was killed by his best friend, and accused of treason. She doesn’t want to fall in love because she watched how her father’s death destroyed her mother completely. And the only boy she ever really had a crush on was J.J. Hunter, the son of her father’s killer.
What Marlie doesn’t know is that Joel, the man keeping her from being killed, is J.J. Hunter. He doesn’t know why he has been assigned to keep an eye on her, nor does he think she’s a threat to the government, but when someone makes an attempt on Marlie’s life, he makes it his mission to keep her safe.
One of the things I loved about both novels, and one of the reasons I think they go really well together, is that both novels have romances aside from the main ones. Usually in romance novels the plot is mainly focused on the hero and heroine and there are no other romances, but Lori makes sure everyone gets to find someone in her stories, which I really enjoyed. I loved how vibrant the characters were, and how conflicted they were at times, especially when it came to their newfound romances.
Both novels also deal with conspiracies in one way or another, although in You Only Love Twice they take center stage through the whole thing. You can see the personal writing style of Wilde bleed into both novels, and the stories are just plain entertaining.
Overall, I’m giving Mad About You 5 out of 5 controllers. I honestly couldn’t think of anything that I didn’t enjoy about them. The characters were great, the romances were wonderful and didn’t develop too quickly. Great reads, would recommend.